Discus Award Winner
12th Grade, CA
My involvement in school activities includes student government, hosting the homecoming dance, school magazine as the business manager, being involved with Key Club International serving over 100 hours for the community, 1 year on JV and 3 years on the Varsity Girl’s Golf Team, being team captain for 2 years, nominated as homecoming princess for 2 years in a row and winning my Junior year, also nominated by the school faculty as one of the candidates for Girl’s State. I have also worked for 2 summers at a restaurant as a hostess while catering throughout the school year saving every penny towards my college tuition. I also babysit for 2 families all 4 years. I also studied piano for 10 years and a semester of guitar.
I was born and raised in a home in America but with strict Japanese culture, as my parents are both citizens of Japan and came to America to fulfill the American dream. My parents were dedicated to help me keep my Japanese in America, they took me every Saturday to go to Japanese School. Over the 10 years at the school, I learned the language, mathematics, history, and science. The Japanese community helped me realize my passion for the language and decided to take the AP Japanese 5 course at my high school. I received an A all year long with a 5 on the AP test. Currently with a 3.8 weighted gpa, I got the opportunity to intern for the AP/IB Japanese Level 5 class for 4 semesters at the high school which helped me understand the culture as well. On the side, I also tutor kids all levels.
2 years ago I started teaching Sunday school at the First Japanese Baptist Church. The kids range from 3 year olds to 5 year olds. This experience has helped me realize how blessed I am working with them, learning, and growing with them through their liveliness and energy. Due to the 10 year experience at the Japanese school every Saturday, I got the opportunity to intern for the AP/IB Japanese Level 5 class for 4 semesters at the high school which helped me teach Sunday school in Japanese. Furthermore, for the past 2 years, I have been translating the announcement every Sunday from Japanese to English for the Japanese church I attend.